KARACHI: Engro Corporation in collaboration with HBL and The Dawood Foundation in a special event welcomed and hosted pilot & adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor is a solo pilot recreating Amy Johnson’s – the first female pilot – flight in 1930 from Great Britain to Australia which astounded the world. Tracey will be covering a distance of 13,000 miles and will pass through 23 countries – including Pakistan – in a biplane on her journey. She will cover these countries in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft.

Speaking at the event, Chairman Engro Corporation, Hussain Dawood said: “We are privileged to honor the efforts of Tracey Curtis-Taylor who is a role model for females globally. We believe in women empowerment, championing inclusiveness and diversity at all levels and today we celebrate it. We welcome Tracey Curtis-Taylor to Pakistan and hope that she will continue to inspire the future breed of female adventurers.”

Interacting with the guests at the media meet Tracey Curtis-Taylor said: “We have received the highest level of support in Pakistan and it is truly astounding. It is a real honor to be welcomed by the Pakistani military, the Pakistani government and our local partners, Engro Corporation and Habib Bank. I particularly can't wait to visit the 2,000+ girls of Dawood Public School and it will be a special moment to land into Karachi with a military escort accompanied by Prince Nikolaos of Greece onboard Spirit of Artemis. It's another important stop on my flight to Australia and the welcome looks to be fantastic.”

During her short visit to Karachi, Tracey Curtis-Taylor will also visit the Dawood Public School where she will be received by more than 2000 enthusiastic female students who regard her as an inspiration. Tracey will get an opportunity to interact with the students and highlight how if they put their minds to it women can continue to make a mark in the contemporary world and showcase great achievements.

Tracey’s flight is expected to take 12-14 weeks with her arrival in Sydney planned for early 2016. Her journey will take her across Europe and the Mediterranean to Jordan, over the Arabian Desert, across the Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, through India and on to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia before crossing the Timor Sea to Australia. After her arrival in Sydney the plane will be shipped to America and flown across the United States to complete the world flight in 2016.